Sunday, January 9, 2011

Update on the MDL progress on the court cases involving the hips

An initial status conference has been scheduled for January 20, 2011 in West Palm Beach, Florida, where DePuy ASR attorneys will meet with Judge Katz for the first time. Following the conference, it is expected that Judge Katz will assign lawyers to certain leadership positions in the MDL, where they will be responsible for representing the interests of all plaintiffs or defendants during general discovery, motions and other pretrial proceedings.

Within weeks of the MDL being established, the number of DePuy ASR lawsuits transferred to Judge Katz from federal district courts throughout the United States quickly grew to more than 100 cases. However, it is expected that thousands of cases will ultimately be involved in the litigation as DePuy hip recall lawyers continue to investigate and file new claims for individuals who received one of the defective implants.

I think it is really important to follow these cases.  This MDL (multi district litigation) will give us some clues as to how the court is going to rule on the first 100 cases that are filed against DePuy. this is an attempt to aggregate the cases from the filings in Federal court to avoid duplication of the discovery process.  This will not be a quick process but I will post updates on what is happening with that litigation.


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